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Dr Michael Singer

Dr Michael Singer

Deputy Director of the Water Research Institute

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

+44 (0)29 2087 6257
1.13, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT
Available for postgraduate supervision


  • Ecohydrology
  • Water/Food Security
  • Drought
  • Forest health
  • Water resources
  • Stochastic hydrology
  • Climate change
  • Floods
  • Sediment transport


  • Deputy Director – Water Research Institute, Cardiff University (2018-present)
  • Head – Centre for Resilience and Environmental Change (2021-present)
  • Reader – School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Cardiff University (2021-present)
  • Senior Lecturer – School of Earth & Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University (2017-2020)
  • Researcher – Earth Research Institute, University of California Santa Barbara (2017-present)
  • Lecturer – School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of St Andrews (2007-2017)
  • Associate Researcher - Earth Research Institute, University of California Santa Barbara (2013-2017)
  • Assistant Researcher - Earth Research Institute, University of California Santa Barbara (2003-2013)
  • National Research Council Research Associate (Postdoc) - United States National Academy of Sciences (2005-2007)
  • PhD – Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California Santa Barbara (2003)
  • BA Environmental Sciences – The Evergreen State College (1993)

Honours and awards

  • David A. Siegel Earth Research Institute Director’s Award, Recognizing interdisciplinary scientific leadership (2018)
  • Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe Publication Award, Best Publication in Ecohydrology for 2016 (2017)
  • Invited Keynote Speaker, ‘Reclaiming the Sierra 2015: The New Gold Rush’, The Sierra Fund (2015)
  • Peer Review College Member, Natural Environment Research Council (2010-2013)
  • Expert Panelist on Central Valley Flood Hazards, American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting (2007)
  • Guest Editor, San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science (2005
  • Dozier Fellowship, Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management (1999)

Professional memberships

  • American Institute of Hydrology (Professional Hydrologist certification)
  • American Geophysical Union
  • British Society for Geomorphology
  • British Hydrological Society

Academic positions

University of St Andrews 2007-2017





















I am not currently teaching, but am overall Director of the new MSc: Water in a Changing World (starting Oct 2021)

Past modules:

EAT109: Water in the Environment (MSc hydrology module)

EA2219: Water in the Environment (undergraduate hydrology module and field trip)

There are major uncertainties in environmental science regarding the impact of humans and climate on water resources, hydrologic fluxes, erosion, the sustainability and health of forests, and the fate and transport of contaminants. This is my research domain. I investigate environmental science problems from the perspectives of hydrology and geomorphology, with particular attention to how climate and humans force the hydrologic cycle and associated processes near the Earth's surface.

To learn more, please visit my research page:

If you are interested in joining my research group, please take note of the supervision tab.


Please check back for advertised PhD and postdoc opportunities in my research group or go to:

Current supervision

Maria Warter

Maria Magdalena Warter

Research student

Romy Sabathier

Research student

Nooshin Mehrnegar

Nooshin Mehrnegar

Research student

Past projects

Several projects at Cardiff and from appointments at UC Santa Barbara.



I currently am overall PI on a large, interdisciplinary project funded by the EU's Horizon 2020 Programme.

The DOWN2EARTH project will address the multi-faceted challenges of water scarcity and food insecurity under climate change in HAD, by facilitating community-centered adaptation and resilience to climate change impacts. It will use a multidisciplinary, inclusive approach, bringing together local communities, academic experts, novel decision-support tools, multi-level governance structures, regional climate centers, and NGOs. It will deliver state-of-the-art and community-relevant climate services that focus on water scarcity and its consequences at or near the Earth’s surface (hence DOWN2EARTH) to increasingly vulnerable rural populations in HAD. The project is designed to bolster existing climate services frameworks, improve decision support to people, governments, and NGOs serving affected rural communities in the most vulnerable HAD countries (Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia), and to improve community-centric adaptation and resilience to climate change.

Please visit the website to learn more: